Tania Babb | South Africa

“This vitality may very well be a subjective experience but I do see evidence of this in creativity, particularly ceramics.”


Tania Babb was born in Zimbabwe in 1967 and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

She graduated in Graphic Design from Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town, South Africa in 1985 and subsequently worked as a sculptural apprentice. She also completed the Ceramic and Life Drawing course at the Surrey Institute, UK in 1988.

Her work analyzes people and their relationships — to each other, to themselves and to other important things or moments in their lives. Tania likes to capture fleeting moments in clay, where a gesture reveals the depth and nature of these relationships.

Tania prefers to work in buttery porcelain which she feels has the feeling of human flesh, with all the vulnerability that being human implies.

Each piece is handmade. Tania does not use moulds, therefore each sculpture is an original work of art, even though the motifs and themes which characterise her art echo through the collection.


Selected exhibitions:

I Have a dream, AKKA Project Venezia, Venezia, Italy 
Art de Vivre, Franschhoek, South Africa

Standard Bank Festival of Arts, Grahamstown, South Africa

Four-person show ‘Cross Culture Sculpture’, Primart Gallery, Cape Town, with Evette Weyers, John Casozi Matovu, Hercules Viljoen and Faith Loy Plaut

Women by Women, The Art Scene, Cape Town, South Africa

In 2011 Tania was invited to be the guest artist at the ‘Natal Regional Exhibition’, South African Potters Association and invited in 2010 by the Namibian Potters Association to give ceramic sculpture workshops in Namibia as well as by the KZN Potters Association in Durban to give a ceramic workshop.



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